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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 01/21/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. How is your day going? Ours? Don't ask.

But enough about that -- here are your headlines.

Wintry mix is coming. Be prepared. Capital Weather Gang says maybe a one- to three-inch accumulation overall; could be more or less depending on where you live. (Sorry Frederick County). Highway crews around the D.C. region are prepared, with de-icing equipment. Not to sound like your mother, but one of the best ways to be safe on the roads during bad weather is to stay home; if you have to be out, slow down!

The latest on Haiti. Every day we hope for better news out of Haiti - and we get bits and pieces: people being pulled alive from the rubble more than a week after the quake struck. We hear about the resilience and wonderful spirit of the Haitian people. But we cannot ignore the grim reality of what it is like for people simply trying to survive in a place where half the buildings have destroyed and more than 75,000 people have died. News reports out of Haiti today chronicle the looting and desperation that has swept the country. After a 5.9 aftershock hit yesterday, additional aftershocks have continued today.

Raising money for quake victims. The Baltimore Orioles are the latest to announce a fundraiser for Haiti. (WJLA)

Concern at Sidwell. Police in two counties are trying to gather as much information as they can on the recently fired Sidwell teacher who allegedly molested a student at the school. It's not clear whether are are other victims in this case, but police want to talk to anyone who might have information. By most accounts Robert A. "Pete" Peterson, 65, was well-liked among folks in the Sidwell community.

National exposure. Fresh of his inauguration, Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) will go national. He's been tapped to to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address on Jan. 27. Not so long ago it was another Virginia governor -- Tim Kaine -- who delivered the Democratic response to President George W. Bush's address.

Oh rats. The folks at DCist had a nice scoop today, reporting that the Safeway on Rhode Island Avenue, NE had been closed down due to "vermin" issues. It's not clear what kind of vermin. Officials with the D.C. Department of Health said the store will reopen after officials conduct a follow-up inspection.

We love Rocky (the squirrel, not the boxer). Finally, our friends at Natural Capital (one of our very favorite blogs) note that it’s Squirrel Appreciation Day.

Thanks for reading. Stay warm, drive carefully and check Post Now for more news updates. (And remember, you can also follow up on Twitter @postmetro)

By Washington Post editors  | January 21, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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